Could online schools help close the education access gap?

John Perlman spoke with University of Cape Town Online Secondary School Principal and Principal Yandiswa Xhakaza to find out more about the private online school.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to online learning, not just in South Africa but around the world, as schools have been closed for extended periods.

John Perlman spoke to University of Cape Town Online Secondary School Principal and Headmaster, Yandiswa Xhakaza, about the Private Online School.

One of the big issues we face in South Africa is equal access to affordable and comprehensive education.

The idea behind UCT Online High School was to create an affordable online school to allow children to access school wherever they are.

This school offers both CAPS and Cambridge, to help students achieve their National Senior Certificate or similar qualification. Online schooling is significantly cheaper than a physical school at just R3,300 per month.

Although there is still the problem of the digital divide and children do not have access to the internet or reliable electricity, it is hoped that the school can begin to pave the way for more equitable access to the Internet. ‘education.

Listen to the audio below to learn more.


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